These were one of my favorite toys as a child, I would play with them forever. My mother saved them from her childhood and originally they were on printed sheets. I remember I had to spend a lot of time convincing her to let me cut them out so I could play with them. I must have been very (!) persistent because she eventually gave in.
I would say these were a very big influence on my early progress as an artist, and I think I can see it in my work now - even though I mostly draw animals at the moment. I will post more in the future.